Amen, R1. She was a bore. She was great at self-promotion but her designs are middle of the road.
Now HOW MANY Oscars were cluttering up her office?
We had a family friend who was designing at Universal during the 1960s. He had a design meeting and could not find his renderings anywhere. On a hunch he checked Edith's office and they were hidden under her couch. Even at that point in her life, she was terrified that someone might be better than she was.
SJP was made to play her in a biopic.
Edit Head, she gave good costume.
No, it's EDITH HEAD GAVE GOOD GOWN, not 'costume'.
I prefer Travis Banton and Walter Plunkett
Edith Head and Coco Chanel loved their dancing poodles....
Any relation to Murray?
And here's to all the people whose ideas she took credit for, and nabbed those Oscars for.
I'm no great fan of Edith's but the story goes that when Audrey Hepburn was cast in Sabrina (only her 2nd film, I think), she asked her chum Hubert de Givenchy to design a couple of gowns for her that she could wear in the film.
Edith was Paramount's contractual resident costume designer and Sabrina had already been assigned by the studio to her to design.
So one could say Edith was actually very gracious to allow Audrey to wear Givenchy's gowns. There was contractually no requirement to credit Givenchy with his designs.
Don't all designers "borrow" from each other? It's part of the trade.
And Givenchy's gowns are the only memorable costumes in that film, R15.
r15, r17 That embroidered, "farthingaled" dress she wore to the big party was a stunner. I wonder what became of it?
Should I recognize any of the dresses in the doodle?
But even Bette's Margo Channing dress was originally designed by Edith with a square neckline to sit firmly up on the shoulders.
It was Bette who came into the first fitting and yanked it down around her biceps and really gave the dress the character it's famous for.
I always wondered if that dress was actually designed for Claudette Colbert, who was originally cast as Margo. And if Claudette would have had the nerve to alter the neckline as Bette had.
R25, a dress with a neckine wouldn't have been designed for Claudette Colbert in that she didn't have a neck.
But Noel dear at r26, a long square neckline would have lengthened Claudette's vestigial neck.